Buellton Fiery Truck Accident Kills Driver, 3 Others Suffer Injuries

Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 13-Jan-2012

Today, one lane of northbound Highway 101 south was closed this morning after a severe big rig accident occurred yesterday afternoon on January 12. A San Luis Obispo Tribune story states that the truck driver died as a result of the accident and three others, a woman, an infant, and a young child, were injured.

Based on a California Highway Patrol (CHP) report, the collision took place slightly south of Buellton and approximately 25 miles south of Santa Maria when the big rig rear-ended the BMW sedan carrying the woman and children. As a consequence, the BMW struck the center railing of a bridge and the big rig plummeted almost 100 feet into the creek bed and caught on fire. The occupants of the car were taken by helicopter to a local hospital.

As this tragic accident demonstrates, large commercial trucking accidents are capable of causing serious injury and death. Sadly, many of these truck crashes are preventable. Some of the main causes of truck accidents include: driver fatigue, distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, and other forms of negligent and reckless behavior.

As California big rig accident lawyers, the legal team at Van Der Walde & Associates is familiar with the serious financial, physical, and psychological consequences of truck crashes. With thorough knowledge and extensive experience, our attorneys work meticulously to protect the rights of our clients and hold negligent parties liable. To find out more about how we can help you obtain compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and other damages, call (800) 900-0863 today for a no-cost consultation.

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